Dr Tatsushi Arai is an scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution, sustainable
development, and cross-cultural communication with extensive international experience.
Currently, he is Associate Professor of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation at the
School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute in Vermont, Fellow of the
Center for Peacemaking Practice at George Mason University's School for Conflict
Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) in Virginia, and Research Associate at the Toda Institute
for Global Peace and Policy Research in Hawaii. Previously, Dr Arai taught international
relations at the National University of Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. 

As a trainer, mediator, and dialogue facilitator, he has designed and carried out a
number of capacity-building workshops and dialogues on conflict, development, and culture
for political leaders, diplomats, civil society and religious leaders, military and
peacekeeping professionals, and representatives of international organizations in diverse
regions of the world. During the past decade, Dr Arai's activities have focused
primarily on South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, the African Great
Lakes, and the United States. He has also conducted field research in Europe. Dr Arai
regularly serves as a consultant and adviser to conflict resolution NGOs and United
Nations agencies. 

Contact: tatsushi.arai@sit.edu 

Video Presentations Online


Dialogue in the Midst of Conflict: Searching for Security in the Age of Globalization (2014)

A TED talk on the role of deep and engaging dialogue as a basis for...



Transforming Identity-based conflict (2014)

Interview with Tatsushi Arai on identity-based conflicts at Hacettepe University, Istanbul, Turkey.



China-Japan Dialogue: Beyond the Territorial Dispute - A public seminar at the Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC (2013)

The seminar was co-facilitated by Tatsushi Arai and his Chinese colleague Zheng Wang to explore...



Syria: Toward Functional Coexistence (2012)

The presentation applies systems analysis to the ongoing war in Syria and explores possible political...




Contested Memories and Reconciliation Challenges: Japan and the Asia Pacific on the 70th Anniversary of the End of WWII (2015)

Contested memories of the actions and experiences of the different nations and communities involved in...

Enacting a Culture of Peace (Working Title, Forthcoming) (2015)

This is a peace education guide designed to introduce diverse approaches to experiential learning in...



Clash of National Identities: China, Japan, and the East China Sea Territorial Dispute (2013)

This volume is a collection of policy analyses and recommendations derived from a China-Japan dialogue...



Creativity and Conflict Resolution: Alternative Pathways to Peace (2009)

Creativity and Conflict Resolution: Alternative Pathways to Peace (Routledge: London, 2009) This book explores how...

Conflict across Cultures: A Unique Experience of Bridging Differences (with Venashri Pillay, Nike Carstarphen, and Karenjot Bhangoo) (2006)

This book explores theories and practices in cross-cultural conflict resolution from an experiential point of...


Journal Articles


China, Japan, and the East China Sea Territorial Dispute: A Systems Approach to Conflict Transformation, Thammasat Review (2015)

The territorial dispute between China and Japan over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands in the East China...



Engaging Conflict History: Toward an Integrated Method of Conflict Resolution Dialogue and Capacity Building, Conflict Resolution Quarterly (2015)

This article presents a method of applied practice that engages contested historical meanings of intercommunal...



Toward a Buddhist Theory of Structural Peace: Lessons from Myanmar in Transition, Peace and Conflict Studies (2015)

This essay analyzes the result of in-depth interviews that the author conducted with Burmese Buddhist...



Art, Creativity, and Conflict Transformation: A Practitioner's Field Note, Juniata Voices (2013)

The paper explores the role of art in particular and creativity in general in the...


Contributions to Books

Strait Talk: Activating Peace Potential in Youth-Led Civil Society Dialogues Across the Taiwan Strait, New Paradigms in Peace Research: The Asia-Pacific Context (2013)

This essay explores lessons learned from a series of annual weeklong dialogues that the author...

The Diaoyu/Senkaku Dispute as an Identity-Based Conflict: Toward Sino-Japan Reconciliation (with Zheng Wang), Clash of National Identities: China, Japan, and the East China Sea Territorial Dispute (2013)
Transforming the Territorial Dispute in the East China Sea: A Systems Approach, Clash of National Identities: China, Japan, and the East China Sea Territorial Dispute (2013)
Experiential Approaches to Conflict Transformation Trainning: Notes from Three Scholar-Practitioners (with Paula Green and John Ungerlider), International Education and Global Justice: Rethinking the Politics of Sustainability (2012)
Afterword: Reflecting on the Intersection of Art and Peacebuilding., Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict (2011)

Popular Press


Syria, Lebanon, and the Middle East: Enabling a War-to-Peace Transition, Transcend Media Service (2015)

The article presents a systematic, multi-angled analysis of the conflicts in Lebanon, Syria, and their...



Peace-Maker: We Must Look Below the Surface (Interview with Tatsushi Arai), The Recorder (2015)

This article reports on an interview with Tatsushi Arai by Richie Davis of the Recorder...



Conflict as an Opportunity, The Myanmar Times (2014)

The article reports on the Myanmar Times' interview with Tatsushi Arai on inter-religious conflicts and...



Conflict as an Opportunity for Dialogue: Fostering an Inclusive National Identity in Myanmar (Burmese), The Myanmar Times (2014)

This is an interview with the Myanmar Times, in which I analyzed Myanmar's interreligious conflicts...



Transforming the Cycle of Violence in Rakhine State: Toward Inter-Communal Peace in Myanmar (in Burmese), 7 Day News (2014)

A Burmese translation (by H. Oo) of the English article published earlier in Transcend Media...


Other Writings


Toward a Buddhist Paradigm of Peace Studies: Dependent Origination and Conflict Transformation (Working Paper) (2012)

This study develops a theory of social conflict and a practical method of its transformation...



Engaging Collective Memories of Conflict: Toward an Integrated Framework of Inter-Group Dialogue and Capacity-Building, Conflict, Memory, and Reconciliation: Bridging past, present, and future (2012)

This essay is an attempt to construct an integrated framework for understanding multi-faceted meanings of...



The Great North East Japan Earthquake: Needs Assessment and Policy Recommendations (in Japanese) (2011)

This is a policy paper submitted to various policy-oriented stakeholders in Japan, based on the...

Transforming Cultural Carriers of Chosen Traumas: The Case of the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo., Peacebuilding and Trauma Recovery: Integrated Strategies in Post-War Reconstruction, Conference Proceedings. (2007)


Monitoring and Evaluation Report - Partners in Conffict in Lesotho: A Sustained Program for Civil Society Peace and Capacity Building (with Lusine Dadayan) (2003)

A monitoring and evaluation report on a multi-year peace building initiative launched jointly by the...


Work in Progress

Democracy through Revolutionary Partnership and Inclusive Development: Post-War Nepal in Transition (2015)

Social divisions that gave rise to Nepal’s civil war in 1996-2006 remain intact. While many...

On the Deep Culture and Structure of Inter-Communal Coexistence: Lessons Learned from the Swiss Experience of Nation-Building (2015)

This study explores lessons learned from the contemporary Swiss experience of nation-building that may be...

Transforming Existential Conflict: Toward Functional Coexistence (2015)

This paper postulates working hypotheses on functional coexistence and explores this concept’s applicability to the...